If you are talking about the Yoruba movie industry and what makes it special, there are some names of actors and actresses you would first think of. Jide Kosoko and Adebayo Salami are one of those names, the two started acting as children when the movie industry was just kicking off.
The veteran actors began their acting before people started getting used to the idea of watching home videos on screen.
Due to the fact that the two veterans have been in the acting scene for over fifty years, people often wander who started acting first between the two, but funny enough, the friends started acting the same year.
In 1964, Kosoko began his acting career as a child actor in a television production Makanjuola when he was just 10 years. Salami, popularly known as Oga Bello, in the movie industry also started acting in 1964.
Adebayo Salami had started with a group called Young Concert Party, a dance drama group. In an interview, the actor revealed that his first acting gig was a stage drama Banye Banye.
He said: "No. That was not the beginning of my acting career. I started acting in 1964 with the group, Youngsters Concert Party. It was a dance drama group. It was not a movie. We started with stage drama, not movie. You see, the history of film industry in Nigeria started with stage drama. It started with Alarinjo, before we graduated to television. My first commercial stage drama was Banye Banye; that was at the Global Foreign Hall. We did the same Banye Banye in 1969. I remember very well that the chairman of that night was Brigadier Benjamin Adekunle. "
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Kosoko on the other hand was recommended to act in his first movie by a man who had watched him acting while playing with his friends.
In an interview with The Nation, he said: “I started acting at the age of 10. There was a neighbour, he was like an uncle, they had a drama group near our house. And one day, they needed a little boy to play a role, and this man, who had always watched me play with my peers, simply opted for me. That was how I started acting in 1964.”
The 65-year-old veteran had been born on January 12, 1954, to a royal family in Lagos Island. As a child, he watched how the king and his chiefs act and tried to act the characters out with his friends after school.
He was inspired into acting by the success of Hubert Ogunde. He says he wanted to know what Ogunde did, that made him loved by many.
On the other hand, 65-year-old Adebayo Salami who is few months older than Kosoko was born on May 9, 1953.
The actors who have now become household names and known by movie lovers across Nigeria, have children in the industry. Their children have become as popular and talented as their fathers.
Kosoko's daughters Bidemi and Shola are popular actresses known for their acting skills. Salami's sons Femi and Tope also popular actors known for their acting skills, while Saudiq is a production manager and Ridwan is a video editor. Oga Bello also has other children who are working in the movie industry and his first wife Ejide is a movie marketer.
In other news, Legit.ng had reported that veteran actor Prince Jide Kosoko recently celebrated his birthday. The talented actor clocked 65 years old and celebrated with his colleagues, family and friends him.
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